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Q1 2021 at Riga Airport - 108 thousand passengers & turnover of EUR 4.3 Million

According to the Airport's unaudited interim report for the first quarter of the year, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the operation of Riga Airport in the first quarter of 2021 remained high, with the Airport operating with a turnover of EUR 4.3 million, which is 14% less than originally planned.  A total of 108 thousand passengers were served at the Airport in the first thre...

Discovery roundtrip on Airbus A220-300 with airBaltic

If I say that covid era is far from being the best time for travel and discovery of new aircraft, I guess there won’t be anyone to argue. The vaccination give hope for industry recovery to all airlines and tourism professionals, as well as everyone who need to travel for business. So, the time has come to finally discover new aircraft type for us – Airbus A220-300 during a round...

Riga Airport doubles its cargo volumes in April

As compared to April 2020, the volume of cargo handled at Riga Airport in April 2021 has increased by 102%, reaching 2155 tonnes. This is the highest recorded increase in cargo volumes this year, assessing the respective indicators of 2020 and 2021.  Of all cargo volume handled at Riga Airport in April, 680 tonnes were postal items, 800 tonnes – e-commerce cargo from t...

COVID-19 Crisis caused Riga Airport losses in the amount of 15.85 Million Euros last year

During the global pandemic and the resulting decrease in the number of passengers and flights, Riga International Airport closed the year 2020 with a loss of 15.85 million euros, according to the company's published audited annual report for 2020. Last year, the Airport handled 2.01 million passengers, which is 5.8 million or 74% less than originally planned. The number of serviced flights dro...

Riga Airport has finished the construction of the second rapid-exit taxiway and the reconstruction of a part of the runway

The second rapid-exit taxiway, built with the support of the Cohesion Fund, has been put into operation at Riga Airport. The renovation of a part of the runway at the Airport's own expense has also been completed. The large-scale construction works began last summer. Within the framework of the Cohesion Fund project “Development of Secure and Environmentally Friendly Infrastruc...

Around Half of airBaltic employees are vaccinated, New flights to Pisa, Valencia and Kos

airBaltic informs that during three days of vaccination 410 employees of the company have used the opportunity to receive their first dose of Covid-19 vaccine next to more employees who have already received their vaccination against Covid-19 elsewhere. airBaltic is one of the first companies in Latvia to implement state-provided vaccination at the workplace, carried out by Klī...

airBaltic 26th Airbus 220-300 delivery and takeover of its passenger handling at Riga Airport

On May 2, 2021 airBaltic welcomed its 26th Airbus A220-300 jet, registered as YL-AAZ, in Riga. This is the first out of seven planned Airbus A220-300 aircraft deliveries for airBaltic in 2021. This aircraft is a part of the 50Airbus A220-300 which airBaltic has ordered. In addition, airBaltic holds 30 options for the same a...

Total of 96 routes in 2021 - airBaltic adds new flights

airBaltic announces that starting from July it will launch new destinations from Riga to Valencia in Spain, Pisa in Italy and Kos in Greece. This year the company will offer a network of more than 96 routes from the Baltics, including eight newly announced routes from Riga. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “As vaccination rates improve across Europe, we se...

New airBaltic Baltic Cargo Hub at Riga Airport

airBaltic and Riga Airport have signed a land reservation agreement for building a new Baltic Cargo Hub at Riga Airport. The new cargo hangar will be the largest dedicated air cargo handling facility in the Baltics. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “For years airBaltic Cargo has provided essential mail and cargo shipments to and f...

airBaltic increased checked baggage weight allowance

Great news for everyone who will fly with airBaltic!  As of April 21, 2021 each unit of checked baggage registered for airBaltic flights can now reach 23 kilograms of weight, an increase of three kilograms. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “During the last year we have been revising our product. We introduced new ticket types, provided additio...

One week - 3 announced destinations from Riga by airBaltic - Heraklion, Santorini and Naples

airBaltic announced it plans to launch new scheduled flights between Riga and Heraklion, Santorini and Naples. Martin Gauss, Chief Executive Officer of airBaltic: “We are optimistic about the upcoming summer season. If travel in general will be possible and the epidemiological situation will improve as the vaccination levels increase, demand for air travel will return....

SmartLynx carries vaccines to support the fight against COVID

Some of the most valuable commodities on the planet at present are the vaccines being used in the fight against COVID-19. Ever since the first days of the pandemic, SmartLynx Airlines Cargo has been playing its part on the pandemic frontline by helping deliver life-saving medical goods, supplies, and equipment wherever they were needed around the world. Over one year later and SmartLynx is stil...